Princeton University History
Collections with Divisional Holdings
James Newman Collection on the Princeton University Eating Clubs
The majority of the collection consists of correspondence relating to the evolution
of the Princeton Prospect Foundation and its relations with the University. The
collection also contains independent reports by Princeton University, the Graduate
Inter-Club Council, the Princeton Prospect Foundation, and the Princeton Tower Club
on the Eating Clubs in general and on the endeavors of the Foundation. Included also
Princeton Inn Records
The collection consists primarily of the minute books of the Princeton Inn Company,
which generally discuss the financial state of the Inn, and cover both the Inn
Company's incorporation (and Alumni appeal for funding) as well as the final sale of
the Inn and its assets to the University. It also includes an oversized form book
containing examples of various forms and vouchers used at the hotel.
William E. Potter Diary
The diary, a single volume comprised of approximately 100 handwritten pages, is
inscribed “Diary of Wm E. Potter/Monday Sept. 5, 1859.” The first page of the diary
contains what appears to be grades most likely from his final year at Harvard. The
last page contains subjects for prize debates. The diary itself begins with Sept. 5,
1859 and concludes on June 28, 1862. There are entries for every day between
Graduate School Records
The Graduate School Records consist of minutes, correspondence, reports,
writings, applications, surveys, and memoranda, as well as forms, course
listings, and information on examinations and fees. The Deans' subject files
make up a large part of the collection. Dean Andrew Fleming West's records,
including his writings, correspondence, and in particular his scrapbooks, make
up a substantial portion of this collection as well.
Office of the President Records: William G. Bowen Subgroup
The collection contains the files compiled by the Office of the President during the presidency of William G. Bowen GS'58 (July 1972 to January 1988). The files consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, publications, and other assorted material. Series 18 includes the files of three assistants to the president, biographical and photographic material about Bowen, and a card index of the files. There is some overlap between the files in this collection and the files of presidents Goheen and Shapiro.
Special Committee on Sponsored Research Records
This collection contains chairman Thomas Kuhn's personal papers relating to his committee work; administrative files of the committee, including its minutes, budget, membership files, and memos; a collection of documents produced by the committee and its members; is a compilation of material about the influence of the federal government and national special interest groups on sponsored research collected during a trip to Washington involving a few of the committee members in August 1970; documents about sponsored research and research policy at Princeton University that was open to committe
Princeton University Publications Collection
The Princeton University Publications collection contains issues of nearly 150
different periodicals published by the university and related organizations, as
well as a few items published by others about the university, that have not been
cataloged individually. Notable items in the collection include an 1802
newspaper account of the Nassau Hall fire (The Balance), 19th century student
Department of Biology Records
The collection primarily consists of the records of the Department of Biology
assembled during the tenures of Department Chairmen Edwin G. Conklin and Elmer
Butler. Included are correspondence, general subject files, and records
pertaining to grants, research endowments, publications, and administrative
matters such as budgets and staffing. Also includes sponsored research reports
and student grade cards.
Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding records
The collection documents the Carl A. Fields Center's programs and administration over a period of thirty years. Materials include program and event announcements, planning materials for events and forums, financial records, facility use records, board meeting minutes, annual reports, student publications and photographs.
James Penrose Harland papers
From the time he was 15 years old until several years before his death in 1973, James Penrose Harland maintained a diary, journal, or daily log in which he recorded a few notes about each day's events. These yearly volumes, written in his own hand, comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included are clippings, photographs, postcards, and some correspondence.
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